Ben Affleck completed 30 days of rehab: ‘This time is different’

Ben Affleck has completed a 30 day inpatient treatment for alcohol addiction, during which he went home almost every day to workout and visit with his new 22 year-old girlfriend. According to People Magazine and US Magazine he’s super serious about it and intends to stay a couple of more weeks, although if that’s the case I question why they’re reporting this particular milestone. Like just let him do six weeks and then tell us. We’re not getting monthly updates on Demi Lovato. According to sources quoted by People and US, Ben’s motivation to stay sober is his kids. Here are the quotes, which are basically the same but at least they’re only in two outlets instead of five.

Ben Affleck “is doing much better” after completing 30 days of rehab and will likely stay for a while longer, a source tells PEOPLE.

“He is doing much better but needs to continue receiving care,” a source tells PEOPLE. “As difficult as it was to have his recent trip to rehab all play out so publicly, it now seems the way it happened was for the best.”

“Ben seems to take this rehab visit more seriously,” the insider says. “This time is different. He doesn’t want his kids to have to go through this again. Ben is really trying very hard to get better. He is taking things day by day, but it seems he plans on staying at the treatment center for at least a couple of more weeks.”

Another source says, “This continues to be a very public battle on a private matter and he struggles with that.” He is encouraged by all the support and wants people to take away that you can ask for help.” – From People

“He seems to be taking things more seriously this time,” the source explains. “He feels really bad and sorry about doing this because of the kids.”

A second source adds that getting help “is all that matters to him right now.”

“Ben is not shy about his issues around addiction, particularly since he made that conversation public,” the second source explains. – From US

[From People and US Magazine]

That’s decent that he’s thinking of his kids but I hope he’s getting sober for himself first. Is that his intrinsic motivation? Mine was being able to think straight and not waking up confused wondering how much I drank the night before. It wasn’t just because I didn’t want to set a bad example, I wanted to be a better person overall. Everyone has their own reasons of course. Someone is trying to convince us that Ben wants to be sober. I think he just doesn’t want to be so drunk he can’t function, but I hope I’m wrong and that this sticks for him.

As an aside do you remember how we heard a month ago that Ben and Jen’s divorce was finalized? Given that there’s been no further news about it I doubt that was the case.

Someone is really happy to get papped.



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  1. Babs says:

    Shauna is so basic, I can’t. Jennifer and Lindsay had something to them, hell even the nanny. But Shauna face doesn’t stick. She’s the epitome of generic. No amount of pap strolls and A-list wreck boning will change that.

    • BB says:

      Shauna and the nanny are very similar, IMO. Just super plain, mousy looking girls that don’t really stand out in any way. Especially not in Los Angeles. Lindsay is tall and has charisma and a high-powered job. Obviously both Jennifers are movie star stunning and charismatic. His bonafide significant others have always been impressive until now. He usually wants someone he can show off and be proud of.

      I know he’s close to rock bottom, but he’s still a movie star. I don’t understand how this girl even caught his eye.

  2. Esmom says:

    I don’t know, I think it’s OK if his kids are his motivation. That can be pretty powerful and maybe with time he’ll internalize that and realize sobriety is important to him, too.

    • Maria says:

      Let’s hope!

    • mannori says:

      if his kids were truly his motivation he would have treated more seriously this stint in rehab (which we all know won’t be the last one) instead of leaving to “train” at home and see his girlfriend. I think the douche is just going method for his next movie The Has Been, which he hopes will be his phoenix resurgence and make him look the great thespian he’s never been and get the recognition and respect as an actor he’s never had. He knows that the only way he can give a mildly good performance is just playing himself, just like he did in Hollywoodland and Gone Girl, so in The Has Been he’s playing a basketball coach looking for redemption and struggling to get sober. He wants that industry recognition he didn’t get with his latest bomb as a director. He give two flying f*cks about his own sobriety.

  3. HelloSunshine says:

    It’s nice that his kids are his motivation but I really hope he isn’t just saying that. At this point, I don’t believe anything coming from his camp.

    Jen needs to push the divorce being finalized and cut him loose. I understand that it could be because she’s his POA/it makes things clearer if things go wrong medically that she makes the decision but I think he needs that security blanket taken away.

  4. Mia4s says:

    Yeah why not stay longer..he’s not “staying” there at all. Plus it looks better for the insurance companies.

    I’m sorry but I haaaaate the “I’m getting sober for my kids!” line. Get sober because you want to be a better parent sure but doing something “for them” so “they don’t have to go through this again”? Well when you almost inevitably relapse, how does a kid then process that? I wasn’t enough. That’s how.

    And yes I speak from experience.

    He needs to get better for him. Whether he does or not is not on the kids. They’re humans, not motivational memes.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      Thank you for saying this. It puts pressure on the kids, whether that’s what the person is intending to do or not, and that’s very unfair.

      I’m sorry you experienced this 🙁

    • Kate says:

      True and good point. Although also speaking from experience with a parent who did not profess to want to get better “for the kids” – you still internalize that you aren’t enough for them to want to get better. Even if they tell you they love you 50 times a day and you logically know it’s not your fault, it’s still very difficult for a kid to build self esteem when you don’t have a safe attachment with one parent.

    • Lady D says:

      I agree. Doing it for the kids is a cop-out, and it won’t work. For most alcoholics the love of their child/children means little compared to the lift alcohol gives them.

  5. Jc says:

    If he’s this focused on his new girlfriend, he’s not focused on being sober.

  6. Mrs. Peel says:

    I don’t consider it in-patient rehab when you’re allowed to leave the facility every day. I call BS on his sobriety.

  7. Molly says:

    Narrator: This time was not different.

  8. Renee says:

    Yeah unfortunately I don’t think this time is different. Rather than commit & do the work, apparently he checked himself out nearly every day to go home. He seemed to go to rehab for everyone other than himself. You can’t get sober for anyone other than yourself. You can have other reasons (kids) that make you want to do it, but you have to want it for yourself.

  9. Maroon says:

    Ben’s PR constantly feeds inside information/exclusives to E! and People that every media outlet and tabloid site pick up. And they almost always are contradictory of what Ben appears to be doing. Is this a running joke within his PR firm? Who can churn out the most unbelievable exclusive? Surely no one is buying this and no one in that PR actually believes the public is that gullible. Why do they feel the need to constantly churn out fabrications (so it seems) as opposed to no comment? Does their contract require a PR release every week?

    • BB says:

      Kind of impressive how unified the messaging is though. He’s so messy, I’m surprised there aren’t more people selling him out to the tabloids.

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  11. Pandy says:

    Yeah good luck with that Ben! I’m betting he’s getting to the uninsurable era if his career … Anyone keeping a partying Playmate as a girlfriend doesn’t seem too stable to me .

  12. Lilly says:

    I hope it’s different and that he’s better. Humility would be a good starting point.

  13. stacey says:


    yeah right, good luck! No pity for a selfish person like him!

    I heard Shauna posted videos of her friends driving his car around. how gross is he, hanging out with a bunch of 22 year olds!

  14. Corporatestepsister says:

    I am disgusted that these facilities do not require them to require in the facility until both treatment is completed and the patient is assessed to be on a different path. If rehabs operated like psych wards then I am sure that there would be many more healthy soon to be ex-alcoholics.

  15. D says:

    You can see who he like to love and who helikes to bang . He’s so gross .

  16. Bread and Circuses says:

    Shauna has amazing abs.

  17. Oliviajoy1995 says:

    Those 30 days went fast. However he seemed to need like a 90 day to 6 month long rehab . This is the third time he’s been and seems to fall off the wagon pretty easily.